Auckland region

Motutapu Island with Rangitoto Island and Auckland city in the background.

Motutapu Island with Rangitoto Island and Auckland City in the background

Map showing Auckland region.

Motutapu Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.

Check for stowaways before you visit.

Motutapu is much older than neighbouring Rangitoto Island, and completely different geologically and botanically. The island is mainly in pasture although forests are being replanted and wetlands restored as part of a major community project.

Visitors are welcome, and there are a number of roads and walking tracks to explore the island, which is joined to Rangitoto by a causeway built in WWII. There is a basic campsite at Home Bay.

The Department of Conservation's future management of the island as a public reserve will be guided by a Conservation Management Plan (the Tāmaki Makaurau motu plan) that will be jointly approved by Ngā Mana Whenua and the Auckland Conservation Board.

View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).


Neighbours Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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